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Monday, July 9, 2012

Random Review: A DISTANT MELODY by Sarah Sundin

I'm here to apologize, readers. With four editing projects this month, my pleasure reading has probably come to a halt. So, as a peace offering, I'm doing a random review -- plucking a title out of my fun app that does such things and reviewing the book already on my shelf, probably read months ago. Today's lucky winner? A DISTANT MELODY by Sarah Sundin.

You may not believe this about me now (especially if you've checked out the reviews tab and looked under the heading "romance") but I didn't used to be a big romance reader. However, a couple summers ago my husband packed up our family and hauled us on to a wild life refuge literally in the middle of nowhere. I popped by the inspirational section on Sam's Club -- I don't know why -- and picked up A DISTANT MELODY among a few others.

From Amazon: Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval--even marry a man she doesn't love. Lt. Walter Novak--fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women--takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas. Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt's muddy bomber base in England and Allie's mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart? A Distant Melody is the first book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.

The Rating: *** (Liked it)

The Good: Three stars -- maybe I'm not giving A DISTANT MELODY a fair shake reviewing it after I've immersed myself in the genre (well, a little) and discovered some true masters of great romance. Still, it had a lot of redeeming qualities. One, the romance is a lot more about friendship, which is awesome. Two, it takes place during World War II, and you all know I'm a sucker for that. I liked the interaction between Allie and Walt, both in their letters and the few face to face meetings they have. I also love the way Walt never gives up, especially since Allie is engaged to another man.

The Bad: As some romances tend to (at least some that I've noticed) it languishes above and beyond what it needs. Four-hundred-and-twenty-two pages of languishing when really, probably 270 to 300 would have done just fine.

The Recommendation: For avid romance readers.

Disclaimer: Inspirational. Nothing to disclaim.


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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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